East Belfast tensions must not be allowed to escalate further - Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has tonight called for collective leadership to prevent trouble in East Belfast from getting out of hand.
The East Belfast councillor said;
"On Sunday a crowd of up to 60 orchestrated an attack on the PSNI after being prevented from making their way to the interface with Short Strand from Castlereagh Street.
“Today a crowd also attacked a car in the Short Strand and attempted to attack a number of homes. Crowds have been gathering at both Castlereagh Street and the Woodstock Road since early this evening.
“It is clear to community leaders that many of those responsible are coming from areas far outside inner-East Belfast to engage in this activity.
“Recent questions to the Chief Constable at the Policing Board have revealed that over £3million has been spent on policing the interface in inner east Belfast since 2011. This is a staggering figure and quite “simply unacceptable.
“I have been on record consistently calling for an end to the deliberate attempts at raising tensions at this particular interface. Ultimately it is ordinary families from both communities who suffer the fallout.
“What is needed is clear and collective leadership to support residents and to face down those who are intent on causing trouble."